Summer Body Jump-off


I went in this winter. By in, I mean in boxes of cookies; bags of chips; restaurants with unlimited refills of tortilla chips; and brunches with bottomless mimosas. I did not go in a gym, which would probably explain why I can’t get in my favorite pair of jeans right now. Here’s what I’m doing about it.

I’m giving myself two weeks to give myself a healthy reboot, just in time for Memorial Day (and not unlike Beyoncé and Jay Z’s timely vegan cleanse that culminated right before Christmas). You can join and follow my progress on Instagram (@augustskin).

So where do we start? First, there’s exercise. I like my long walks on the hiking trail and yoga video. This sounds cheesy and a little too GOOP-y, but it works for me. I’ll alternate between the two every day.

Then there’s food. I like food a lot. My brain isn’t trained to understand that food should only provide nourishment. And quite frankly, that kind of talk upsets my pack of Oreos and 2/3 of the freezer. When I edit my eating habits, taste and variety play an integral role.

To kick things off, I pledge to drink daily green smoothies for the next two weeks. Maybe you’re thinking green smoothies are in direct conflict with my “taste is important” mantra. Wrong! Green smoothies are delicious and taste nothing like pillars of health and wellness, thank goodness. Lost in a bouquet of sweet fruits, I normally can’t taste the “green”—usually kale or spinach—at all (scroll down for a few recipes).

I’m also cutting the crap in my diet, that is the foods that disrupt digestion (dairy), spike blood sugar (high glycemic foods), and add zero nutritional value (fatty animals, empty calorie snacks, and processed foods). This should be easy enough with the full-bodied meals I plan to create.

Here are a few meals I’ll prepare during the next few weeks:


  • Egg white omelet with tomato and spinach
  • Sautéed kale and fried egg
  • Oatmeal with sliced almonds and apple
  • Banana and peanut butter


  • Turkey taco salad (no sour cream or dressing)
  • Faux paella with brown rice and shrimp (Mark Bittman’s paella recipe is easy and delicious, and infinitely better with homemade shrimp stock)
  • Tuna salad with mango salsa (the mango salsa includes cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion)
  • Black beans (seasoned with onion, bay leaf, garlic, and a hint of cinnamon) and brown rice


  • Chicken sausage sautéed with bell peppers, 1 habanero pepper, and kale
  • Salmon (love this light recipe) and asparagus
  • Cod and broccoli
  • Adobo chicken (the Trader Joe’s version is divine) with peppers


  • Green smoothies
  • Fiber One bars
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Skinny Cow (my one cheat)

Lots of water and tea


Green Apple Green Smoothie

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 2 green apples, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of spinach or kale

Combine all ingredients in a blender

Berry Green Smoothie

  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or a combination of 2 or all 3
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1-2 handfuls of spinach or kale

Combine all ingredients in a blender

Cooking Light has a bounty of healthy recipes, and Simple Green Smoothies lays down the basics on green smoothies.

My cleanse breaks a lot of rules (and irritates purists for sure), but it works for me, and it’s what my body needs. Isn’t that what a cleanse is all about?

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2 comments on “Summer Body Jump-off

  1. Lauren says:

    Thank you for this. I can do this. These healthy recipes are actually appealing to me. Bonus if I can fit in those jeans again!